News27th October, 2014 IT’S YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD AWARDS 2014: The Friends were delighted to be presented yet again with a Level 5 – Outstanding – Award by the RHS and Keep Scotland Beautiful (we were awarded 95 points out of a 100) along with a Certificate of Distinction for our continued improvement in the scheme. The presentations were made at the Beautiful Scotland and It’s Your Neighbourhood Annual Seminar at the Albert Hall in Stirling on Monday, 27th October 2014. The presentations were made by Ursula Hauptmann-Smith, Charity Trustee, Keep Scotland Beautiful. The event was chaired by Mark Bevan, Head of Campaigns, Keep Scotland Beautiful.
Friends of the Barnhill Rock Garden held their 17th Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 24th September at the St Aidan’s Centre in Broughty Ferry. 65 members attended; were given an update on the Garden by Head Gardener, Michael Laird and entertained by Daphne Barbieri’s film of the Friends’ summer activities.
The committee comprising Chairman, Mary Saunders; Vice Chair, John Grocott; Treasurer, Heather Dailly; Secretary, Anne Hesketh; Membership Secretary, Kate Grocott and members, Marge Auras, Anne Chalmers, Tom Neilson, Ann Taylor and Isobel Turner were all re-elected.
During her Statement, the Chairman acknowledged the commitment of the late Jim Millan, who had recently lost his long battle with poor health, to the Barnhill Rock Garden. He had been a committee member of the Friends since its inception and always worked to improve the Rock Garden. It was due to his strenuous efforts that the Geddes Glasshouse was obtained. Dave Scott, Head Gardener before the current Gardener, Michael Laird, had asked for special mention to be made of the contribution Jim Millan made to the ongoing development and maintenance of the Garden. “Over the years since his retirement he was a regular visitor to the Garden and a constant source of encouragement and enthusiasm. He helped to keep up the morale of the weary weeders and enriched the Garden with many plants he had raised from seed”.
The vote of thanks was given by Eleanor Mearns.
19th August 2014
Deputy environment convener Vari McDonald and environment director Ken Laing came to the Barnhill Rock Garden to present the Barnhill Rock Garden, Baxter Park, Templeton Woods and Trottick Ponds Nature Reserve with their Green Flags for 2014-2015. Friends of the Garden and Gardener, Michael Laird were present for the event.
15th August 2014
Keep Scotland Beautiful assessors Ian & Sandra Maclennan were at the Barnhill Rock Garden this morning to judge the Friends’ entry into the It's Your Neighbourhood Campaign for 2014.
29th July 2014
Beautiful Scotland judges, Sandy Scott and John MacLennnan were in Broughty Ferry to judge Broughty Ferry in Bloom’s entry into this year’s competition and completed their “tour”- at the Barnhill Rock Garden.
As part of the National Gardening Week, Friends of the Barnhill Rock Garden carried out a Spring-clean at the Garden on Saturday, 19th April. This year, apart from tidying/weeding areas of the garden for which they are responsible the Friends planted nearly 1000 snowdrops-in-the green in the Snowdrop Wood and Sunflower seeds in a bed beside the railway to celebrate, along with community groups around the country, “50 years of RHS Britain in Bloom”. Helping the Friends with these activities were Cub Scouts from 1st Monifieth Group who also carried out a “litter-pick” across the Garden. This Group have been coming to the Garden for five years now to assist with the Spring-clean.
Friends of the Barnhill Rock Garden, Chairman, Mary Saunders, Ann Taylor and Head Gardener, Michael Laird attended the Beautiful Scotland Annual Seminar & It’s Your Neighbourhood Awards Presentation in the Albert Halls, Stirling on 30th October. As last year they were delighted to be presented with two Certificates – an “Outstanding” Certificate in the IYN Scheme and also a Certificate of Distinction in recognition of their hard work. This year the presentations were made by Pamela Whittle, President of The Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society in Scotland.
Friends of the Barnhill Rock Garden held their AGM on Wednesday, 25th September in the Age Concern Hall, Broughty Ferry. A large turnout of members re-elected the Committee, comprising Chairman, Mary Saunders; Vice Chairman, John Grocott; Treasurer, Heather Dailly; Secretary, Anne Hesketh; Membership Secretary, Kate Grocott and Anne Chalmers, Jim Millan, Tom Neilson, Ann Taylor and Isobel Turner. Margery Auras was elected as a new member of the committee.
Gardener, Michael Laird gave an update on activities and progress in the Garden and Daphne Barbieri’s film of the group’s activities during the year was shown.
In her report Chairman, Mary Saunders commented on the Awards received last year by the Friends for their work in supporting the Garden – a Beautiful Scotland Outstanding Achievement award in the It’s Your Neighbourhood Scheme and a Certificate of Distinction from the Royal Horticultural Society for their work over the past few years. The group had also supported Broughty Ferry in Bloom helping them to achieve Silver Gilt Awards in 2012 and 2013.
Thursday, 15th August 2013:
Friends of the Barnhill Rock Garden were presented with a new Green Flag by Convener, Craig Melville at Trottick Mill Ponds.
The Friends will be holding their Spring Clean-up (which also includes planting) in the Rock Garden from 10.00 am - 2.00 pm. Refreshments will be available.
Wednesday, 31st October 2012
Representatives of Friends of the Barnhill Rock Garden attending the Beautiful Scotland Annual Seminar and It's Your Neighbourhood Awards Ceremony in Stirling on 31st October 2012 were presented with a Certificate of Distinction as well as the IYN Outstanding Certificate they had been expecting. The additional certificate was in recognition of the continuning progress the group have made since entering the scheme in 2008. The presentations were made by George Anderson, Beautiful Scotland Advisory Group Member and presenter on BBC's Beechgrove Garden.
Friends of the Barnhill Rock Garden will be holding a meeting on Wednesday, 24th October 2012 at the Age Concern Hall, Broughty Ferry, at 7.30 pm. Alison Gordon will be giving an illustrated talk about her visit to Nepal in November 2010 when she accompanied her husband along with other Rotarians and their partners. Rotary Clubs in Scotland have been supporting programmes to provide safe drinking water, latrine facilities and health education to remote villages in Nepal since the 1990’s. As well as visiting two of these villages the group travelled to other areas and this talk is Alison Gordon’s personal view of the trip.
Wednesday, 26th September 2012
Enthusiastic Friends of the Barnhill Rock Garden held their 15th Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 26th September at 7.30 pm in the Age Concern Hall, Brook Street, Broughty Ferry. With the exception of Ann Smith who had resigned from the Committee as she is moving to England, the current office bearers and committee were re-elected as follows: Chairman, Mary Saunders; Vice Chairman: John Grocott; Treasurer: Heather Dailly; Secretary: Anne Hesketh; Membership Secretary: Kate Grocott and committee members, Jim Millan, Tom Neilson, Ann Taylor and Isobel Turner. Anne Chalmers was elected to the committee. Following the meeting Michael Laird gave his annual garden report and Daphne Barbieri presented her film of the past year’s activities of the Friends which were enjoyed by over 65 Friends. Frank Clish gave a vote of thanks to the Committee for their work during 2011-12.
17th July 2012
The Barnhill Rock Garden was awarded it’s sixth Green Flag today at Baxter Park. Trottick Ponds, Baxter Park and Templeton Woods were also awarded Green Flags once more. Gardener, Michael Laird and Friends, Iain Hunter, Anne Hesketh, Ann Taylor, Isobel Turner and Mary Saunders were present to accept the new flag which was later hoisted down at the Rock Garden.
Sunday, 1st July 2012
Facing stiff opposition from other events in Broughty Ferry and Dundee, the Arbroath Instrumental Band entertained an appreciative audience at the Barnhill Rock Garden on Sunday afternoon. Starting in warm sunshine they sadly had to cut short their programme by 15 minutes due to the onset of rain.
Saturday, 14th April 2012
Braving cold winds and occasional hailstones Friends of the Barnhill Rock Garden turned out on Saturday for their annual Spring Clean. Scotland's biggest annual clean up of litter takes place throughout the month of April. Tens of thousands of volunteers take part in a fun litter pick of their neighbourhood each year, uniting with hundreds of other communities around the country to help clean up the whole of Scotland. While the Friends concentrated on planting, weeding and sowing some wildflower seeds in the woodland and scree areas, Cub Scouts from Monifieth carried out a litter-pick. The cubs have been coming to the Garden for a number of years now and usually manage to get into places the adults cannot.
Children from the Barnhill Out of School Group visited the Barnhill Rock Garden on 11th April where they planted snowdrops-in-the green and learnt about planting seeds with the gardener Michael Laird and Friends of the Barnhill Rock Garden. The children were using trowels, planting snowdrops and wearing gloves all purchased with money awarded to the Friends by the Scottish Gardeners' Forum to encourage children to take an interest in gardening.
IT’S YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD AWARD 2011. John Grocott and Mary Saunders attended the Beautiful Scotland Annual Seminar & It’s Your Neighbourhood Awards Presentation in Stirling where they were delighted to be presented with an Outstanding Achievement award by George Anderson – a Beautiful Scotland judge and presenter on BBC’s Beechgrove Garden.
Wednesday 28th September 2011
The Friends of the Barnhill Rock Garden held their fourteenth Annual General Meeting this evening at the Age Concern Hall in Broughty Ferry with a record attendance of members. Chairman, Mary Saunders reported on the Friend’s activities during the past year and the awards gained by the Friends and the Garden including a fifth Green Flag –an Outstanding Achievement Award from Beautiful Scotland’s It’s Your Neighbourhood Scheme and for the first time a Green Tourism Award at Silver Level. She said “Although sadly we have again lost a few of our Friends to various ills it has been a good year for the Garden and the Friends despite the weather and financial cuts and we look forward to another twelve months working with the Gardener, Michael Laird and the Council to maintain the very high standards that have now been set.
Mary Saunders was re- elected as Chairman, John Grocott, Vice Chairman; Heather Dailly, Treasurer; Kate Grocott, Membership Secretary and Anne Hesketh was elected as Secretary. Jim Millan, Tom Neilson, Ann Smith, Ann Taylor and Isobel Turner were all re-elected as Committee Members. Barry Crawshaw had resigned from the Committee but would be continuing his work as part of the Garden Team.
The resident Gardener, Michael Laird gave a rousing report on the past year following which Daphne Barbieri presented a film of the Friends’ activities during the past twelve months. A presentation was made to Jim Millan thanking him for his work as Secretary for the past six years. Jim played a major part in obtaining the Geddes Glasshouse for the Garden and the Lottery funding to provide information boards for it. Frank Clish gave a vote of thanks.
25th July 2011: Michael Laird and representatives of the Friends were presented with the Rock Garden's fifth Green Flag at Templeton Woods this morning. Trottick Ponds, Baxter Park and, for the first time, Templeton Woods have also gained Green Flags for 2011-2012. The new Environment Director and Asst. Convener were present for the event which was filmed by STV.
Green Tourism Business AwardThe Barnhill Rock Garden has been awarded a Green Tourism Business Award at Silver Level and presentation of the Award was made at the Garden on Monday 6th June.
The Garden had been awaiting grading for 12 months during which time various actions were taken to meet the criteria for this award. The GTBS is the national sustainable tourism certification scheme for the UK. Originally developed in partnership with Visit Scotland, it has been running since 1997 and it is now the only certification scheme validated by Visit Britain, through the International Centre for Responsible Tourism (ICRT).
Green Tourism is assessed by a qualified grading advisor against a rigorous set of criteria, covering a range of areas, such as energy and water efficiency, waste management, biodiversity and more. The current network of members is comprised of a wide range of business types, including accommodation providers, visitor attractions, corporate offices and others.
More information is available on the GTBS website at www.green-business.co.uk
Saturday, 23rd April 2011. Around 34 Friends of the Barnhill Rock Garden assisted by 15 Cubs and Scouts from the 1st Monifieth Group with their leaders spent a very productive morning at the Barnhill Rock Garden. While the Friends were busy weeding, planting and laying gravel the Cubs and Scouts carried out a litter pick from one end of the garden to the other using Broughty Ferry in Bloom's new litter-picking equipment purchased with money awarded to the group through the Scottish Bathing Water Litter Grant Scheme. Also joining in were a family who came to plant alpines in the new Scree Bed in memory of their mother Jean Bell who died last year.
West Lynn Garden, New Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand.
Following a visit to Broughty Ferry and the Barnhill Rock Garden by a member of the West Lynn Garden Society Inc. who own and run the above garden, we have now become members of each other’s groups which means that any Friend of the Barnhill Rock Garden visiting Auckland may visit West Lynn Garden and its Butterfly House at 73 Parker Avenue and will not be charged an entry fee! Copies of their newsletters and further information will be available at the Geddes Glasshouse or you can visit their website: www.westlynngarden.org.nz. Click on the images of the West Lynn Spring Newsletter for full screen.
CHANGE TO WINTER PROGRAMME Dr Brian Williamson’s talk “My life as a plant doctor” will now take place on Wednesday, 23rd February while Mr John Alexander’s talk “My trip of a lifetime to South Georgia” will take place on Wednesday, 23rd March. Both talks take place in the Age Concern Hall, Brook Street, Broughty Ferry, starting at 7.30 pm.
Saturday, 2nd October 2010
The Friends were able to enjoy a lovely sunny morning for their Autumn tidy-up. This year they were assisted with some pupils from the Eastern Primary School's Garden Club and friends who carried out some bulb-planting.
Wednesday, 29th September 2010
At the RHS Britain in Bloom awards ceremony held in the Centennial Centre in Birmingham on 29th September a National Certificate of Distinction in the Britain in Bloom “It’s your neighbourhood” scheme which was presented to the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Friends at the Britain in Bloom by Alys Fowler. The Friends were nominated for this award by Beautiful Scotland and were one of only a few groups in Britain who received the award and the only one in Scotland.
Wednesday 8th September 2010
The Friends of the Barnhill Rock Garden held their thirteenth Annual General Meeting this evening at the New Kirk, Semple Hall in Broughty Ferry. Chairman, Mary Saunders reported on the Friend’s activities during the past year and the various awards gained for the Friends and Garden including a fourth Green Flag and a second Outstanding Achievement Award under Beautiful Scotland’s Neighbourhood Awards Scheme. She also announced that the Friends had just been advised that they had been nominated for the It’s Your Neighbourhood NATIONAL Certificate of Distinction by the Royal Horticultural Society’s RHS Britain in Bloom and invited to send two representatives to attend the UK Finalists Awards Ceremony in Birmingham on 29th September.
Mary Saunders was re- elected as Chairman, John Grocott, Vice Chairman. Heather Dailly, Treasurer; Jim Millan, Secretary; Kate Grocott, Membership Secretary and Anne Hesketh as Minute Secretary. Tom Neilson, Ann Smith and Isobel Turner were all re-elected as Committee Members. Two new members – Ann Taylor and Barry Crawshaw - who are also part of the Garden Team were elected to the Committee. The resident Gardener, Michael Laird gave a rousing report on the past year following which he and his fiancée, Norma Angus, were presented with a wedding gift from the Friends. Daphne Barbieri presented a film of the Friends’ activities during the past twelve months following which she was awarded Life Membership of the Friends for her work on their behalf.
A vote of thanks was given by George Grant.
Sunday, 15th August:
Visitors to the Rock Garden today were able to enjoy a concert by the Tayport Instrumental Band in glorious sunshine
Wednesday, 28th July:
Friends of the Garden and Michael Laird, were delighted to receive the fourth Green Flag earned by the Barnhill Rock Garden for 2010-2011. This year they were joined by representatives from Trottick Ponds and Baxter Park for the presentation.
Sunday, 25th July:
The City of Discovery Band entertained Friends and members of the public at the Rock Garden with a varied programme finishing with a selection of Scottish songs.
Saturday, 3rd July 2010
Members of the West of Scotland Horticultural Society visited the Rock Garden as part of a tour they were undertaking of gardens of the East of Scoitland with Brightwater Holidays. Michael Laird and two members of the Friends met the visitors and after a short talk about the history of the Garden the Friends took them on conducted tours around the Rock Garden
Wednesday, 9th June 2010
Monifieth Ladies Group enjoyed a visit to the garden which included tours conducted by John Grocott and Jim Millan followed by refreshments in the Geddes Glasshouse supplied by the Friends.
Tuesday, 8th June, 2010
Pupils from Primary 1 classes of Strathmore Primary School in Forfar visited the Rock Garden as part of their day's outing to Broughty Ferry. At the Garden with the help of the Countryside Rangers, Friends of the Garden and Michael Laird, the Gardener, they were able to enjoy a number of activities, including a "Beastie Search" and learning how to plant seeds, despite the poor weather. (No photos of this event)
Sunday, 16th May 2010
The garden received a visit from some members of the Angus Branch of the Scottish Rock Garden. They were shown around by members of the Friends' Garden Team and Michael Laird, the resident Gardener following which refreshments were on offer in the Geddes Glasshouse. The Angus Group presented the Friends with some very welcome and special plants for use in the Garden
Saturday 3rd April 2010
Friends of the Barnhill Rock Garden raised £781.00, after expenses, at their Coffee Morning in Broughty Ferry on Saturday, April 3, thanks to great support from their members and other local residents. This sum will help with the purchase of alpine plants for their re-built Scree Bed which Friends have been working on all winter.
Saturday 24th April 2010
Saturday, 24th April saw the Friends carrying out their annual Spring Clean-up assisted by Cub Scouts from Monifieth. The rain held off and in fact the sun was shining by the time we left the Garden. As in previous years we were taking part in the Beautiful Scotland National Spring Clean Week and were joined by 25 Friends, 10 Cub Scouts and two of their leaders. With the Cub Scouts taking care of the "litter pick" the Friends were able to concentrate on weeding and starting work on planting up the newly renovated west end of the Scree Bed."
Going Green" initiative
The Barnhill Rock Garden has signed up to VisitScotland's "Going Green" initiative.
For more information about what this means visit VisitScotland's Sustainable Tourism website www.greentourism.org.uk
You can also click here to download a pdf giving more information.
Cub Scouts from the 1st Monifieth Scout Group were at the Barnhill Rock Garden on Saturday with their leaders, Lisa and David Tennant where with some of the Friends of the Barnhill Rock Garden they were able to take part in "pond dipping", tree recognition and bark rubbing to help them gain their Naturalist badges. They ended their visit with a walk through the neighbouring Nature Reserve and a visit to the sand-martin nesting site.
Wednesday, 28 th October 2009.
John Grocott and Jim Millan, representing the Friends of the Barnhill Rock Garden, attended the Beautiful Scotland Annual Seminar in Motherwell where they were presented with a Certificate of Outstanding Achievement under the Beautiful Scotland Neighbourhood Awards Scheme for the first part of the Friends’ Scree Bed renovation project. The judge awarded the Friends 94 points out of a possible 100 and congratulated them for maintaining such a high standard.
Wednesday, 14th October 2009
Owing to a throat infection, Alan Graham has had to postpone his talk to the Friends of the Barnhill Rock Garden due to take place next Wednesday, 14th October. However, one of our own members Daphne Barbieri, has agreed to fill the breach and will be showing her "Secret Gardens of Broughty Ferry" films instead. The meeting will take place in the Age Concern Hall, Brook Street, Broughty Ferry at 7.30 pm, and visitors are welcome. Entrance is free and refreshments will be available.
Saturday, 3 rd October 2009
Friends of the Barnhill Rock Garden braved the gale-force winds on Saturday to carry out their Autumn Clean-up operation and enjoyed the soup, sandwiches and cake provided by other Friends at lunch-time. At least 30 members turned up for the event and were able to tidy up the areas for which the Friends are responsible. Photos shows some of the Friends of the Garden
Wednesday 9th September 2009
The Friends of the Barnhill Rock Garden held their twelfth Annual General Meeting at the Age Concern Hall in Broughty Ferry. In her first report as Chairman, Mary Saunders said that it had been a very good year for the Rock Garden and hoped the Friends and Council working together would be able to keep up the momentum.
Mary Saunders was re-elected as Chairman and John Grocott as Vice Chairman. Heather Dailly continues as Treasurer, Jim Millan as Secretary; Kate Grocott as Membership Secretary and Anne Hesketh as Minute Secretary. Tom Neilson, Ann Smith and Isobel Turner were all re-elected as Committee Members. Sheila and Ronald Harden resigned due to other commitments and were thanked for their support over the previous twelve years.
The resident Gardener, Michael Laird gave his report on the past year and Daphne Barbieri presented a film of the Friends’ activities during the past twelve months.
A vote of thanks was given by Ann Smith.
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The Friends’ Garden Team and Michael Laird, the Resident Gardener hoisted their new Green Flag for 2009-2010 on Monday, 10th August.
The last of the children’s events in the Garden took place on Thursday, 13th August with story-reading by one of our local librarians.
The Tayport Instrumental Band were at the Rock Garden on Sunday, August 16 and entertained an audience of over 90 people. Although it was windy the morning rain cleared away allowing the Concert to take place in patchy sunshine